Gurugram March 2014 | Preface Blessed Self, Om Namah Sivaya All International Sivananda Centres and Ashrams report a healthy attendance in asana classes and courses, enabling staff and teachers to wholeheartedly share the profound teachings of Master and Swami-ji. After much diligent chanting from all during February’s Sivaratri, the entire Organization of Ashrams and Centres report the increased prana, which may last until next year. The 2014 Yoga Walk at Trivandrum, Kerala, South India was a positive success. Sandeep's report can be found in Trivandrum's monthly report at bottom of this Gurugram. Dà Lat, [...]
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Hatha Yoga HALASANA - PLOUGH - This month, a series of variations - Feet apart - Beginners In plough position, take legs apart, keeping arms and hands straight behind you and palms down flat on floor. Push heels to floor. Hold up to 1 minute. Come out of pose by raising legs and come out as usual. Arm wrap - Intermediate Start from feet apart (above) in plough position. Lower knees to ears and fold arms over knees. Take hands to ears. Hold up to 1 minute. Keep toes flat not curled. Relax feet. [...]
Vegetarian Cuisine TOMATO, RED LENTIL and BARLEY SOUP A thick hearty fragrant soup that is tasty and filling. Balanced combination of pulses and vegetables. Ingredients: • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds • 1 tsp coriander seeds • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric • 2 tsp fresh grated finger root • 1 diced celery stick • 150 grams rutabaga, finely diced • 150 grams celery root finely diced • 1 large diced carrot • 3 large tomatoes, skinned and chopped • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 2 sprigs rosemary • [...]
Sivananda Yoga FAQ Q 1: When the grace of Guru and God is there, why is the mind still not controlled? A: There must be Purushartha also. Only when you do Purushartha, the grace will come. A professor will not answer the questions for you and make you pass. The Gita says, "Uddharet Atmanatmanam". One should raise oneself. Grace only helps one to raise oneself. Everybody should work out his own salvation. You may ask, "What is grace then?". If an aspirant gets letters from his preceptor, clearing his doubts, that is grace. If [...]
Hatha Yoga VRKSASANA - TREE - A standing balance posture - Beginner and intermediate level Sanskrit: vriksa or vriksha (वृक्ष, vṛkṣa) meaning "tree" and asana (आसन) meaning "posture". Begin by standing straight and focus on a spot in front of you. Transfer your balance to one leg while breathing slowly and standing firm on the foot. Lift the other foot to place it flat on the inner thigh of the standing foot. Use your hand to help place the foot in the correct position. Your knee will be bent at a right angle to [...]
Vegetarian Cuisine CORN FRITTERS This recipe utilizes chick pea flour and whole wheat flour with corn for a tasty snack item. Can be served with chutney. Makes 24- 30 small fritters. Ingredients: • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour • ½ cup chick pea flour (besan flour) • 2 ¼ cups fresh corn kernels (cut off cobs) or canned corn kernels, drained • 4-6 fresh green chillies (optional) • ½ teaspoon turmeric • 1 teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon pepper • Juice of 1 lemon • 1 inch piece of fresh gingerroot, peeled and [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany Om Namah Sivaya. In early January a week long special program was very successful. Fully packed asana workshops, inspiring lectures on yoga philosophy and most beautiful Satsangs with musical accompaniment by indian musicians, everything was most appreciated by students, teachers and staff. 2 highlights amongst others were the two very joyful indian concerts which opened everybody’s heart. Swami Atmaramananda leaded us through the whole program, Swami Sivadasananda came to teach for two days and Students and teachers were very happy [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Sivananda Headquarters, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada Om Namah Sivaya from the Yoga Camp! In early January it was as quiet and serene a week as possible at the Yoga Camp: Sadhana Week, the one week of the year when the Ashram is guest-free. With no guests or visitors to accommodate or teach, the staff used this time for group hatha yoga practises each morning, afternoon chanting of the Bhagavad Gita, and focussing on our karma yoga. A few challenges arose at the [...]
Sivananda Yoga FAQ Q 1: What is the difference between Japa and meditation? A: Japa is silent repetition of the Name of the Lord. Meditation is the constant flow of one idea of God. When you repeat Om Namo Narayanaya, this is Japa of the Vishnu Mantra. When you think of the conch, disc, mace and lotus flower in the hands of Vishnu, His ear-rings, the crown on His head, His yellow silken Pitambar, etc., this is meditation. When you think of the attributes of God such as omniscience, omnipotence, etc., this is also [...]
Gurugram February 2014 | Preface Blessed Self, Om Namah Sivaya By the grace of God, both India and Bahamas are in full swing with high season activities now, while other Centres and Ashrams elsewhere in the Organization are all busy with well attended new courses and classes. 2014 seems to be a year where Sivananda staff are eager to work hard in bringing the teachings of Master and Swamiji to the public. The 2013’s issue of Yoga Life magazine can now be found in pdf format on sivananda.org. A quick link: https://www.sivananda.org/publications/yogalife/yogalife2013/YogaLife_Summer_2013.pdf There are [...]